The Divine: A Play For Sarah Bernhardt By Sarah flanagan

When I first entered the building, I saw a number of pieces of art. This statue stood out the most when I was waiting to go into the theatre. I wasn't sure what the play was going to be about but I was first intrigued when I saw "my name" in the title. I was seated in the about 5 rows from the stage in the middle. I had a very good view of the stage and nothing interrupted my view when I was watching the play. I felt anticipation when the lights dimmed and everyone became quiet because I had no idea how the play was going to start. The auditorium was relatively small, I thought, so I was easily able to hear the actors. In the Good Life "place" means someone has found meaning in their life. The person made it through seeking and are now embodying their "place" in life.

I attended the play with my friend Dan. He is the one that took this photo and you can kind of see him in the back (Yes, I do have permission to use this photo from him). In preparation for this performance, I made my reservation, had my Gator ID with me the night of, and had plans to meet with Dan at the play. By attending the play with a friend, I was able to talk to him when I had questions during intermission and I could ask him his opinions. In the Good Life "shared experiences" are how people connect and interact with one another. We can share shorties and relate our experiences.

The central issue addressed during this play was social oppression vs. privilege. This has always been a problem in our society. The rich versus the poor is also a very touchy subject. I do know that before labor laws were enforced, people were paid very little for long, grueling hours. I also knew that immigrants were treated even more poorly. The play made me see how much we have grown as a society with human rights and morals. I was adopted when I was a year and a half but since the U.S. has evolved so much, I myself have never recognized a situation where I was being oppressed or discriminated upon for being a woman or asian or part of the working class.

This play showed some of the injustices happening during this time that people needed to examine. The way laborers were treated was a less-than-noble quality of how humans were treating other humans. In order to move forward, people had to recognize their actions were wrong and "come clean" about them. Once acknowledged, then change could happen. This play was an opportunity for "katharsis" because it allowed people to recognize their corrupt actions so that they could change them.

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